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Talking About Teaching October 26th, Teaching for Conceptual Thinking

Concepts! Concepts! Concepts! They’re everywhere! Our textbooks are full of them. Lectures explain them. Tests measure how well students understand them. But what is a concept? How do we know our students are deeply learning a concept? How can we teach for conceptual understanding in a specific field or discipline? This CAETL session explores the challenges, issues and pleasures associated with teaching for conceptual understanding.

Please join us. The session promises to be informative, supportive and challenging.

October 26th,2012
L1170 A
2- 4 PM

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Refreshments will be served.
All members of the teaching community are welcome to attend.

This event will be live streamed from 2-4pm. You can watch it at the following link:

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March 9th, Talking About Teaching: Ideas to Jump-Start Your Course

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Ideas to Jump-Start Your Course: New Ideas for a New Semester

Friday, March 9th, 2-4pm in L1168

Jump-start your fall courses. Our presenters will explore methods for capturing student attention on the first day of class, and also they will explore assignment models that break the traditional assignment constraints. Join us for some lively discussion and explore those teaching ideas that have been lurking in the background.

Facilitators for this event include:
Sheila McManus, Jason Laurendeau, Jochen Boshnick, Shelly Wismath & John Sheriff

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Nov. 18th, Talking About Teaching – Understanding your Copyright Options

This session is intended to give you a better understanding of copyright matters in classroom and teaching contexts, including options for providing students with readings you have selected for a particular course. Since the University has not renewed its Access Copyright license, this session will describe our current copying environment and touch on ways in which it may change again when the outcome of the proposed amendment to the Copyright Act is known.

Facilitators for this event include:
Rumi Graham and Betsy Greenlees
Facilitators will present an overview of our current copying environment, and then work with the audience in small group discussions.

Friday, November 18th

All instructors and Graduate Students are welcome to attend.
Feel free to drop-in any time. Refreshments will be served.

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Oct 21st Talking About Teaching – Exploring Learning Environments

Learning environments can entail the physical classroom space, informal learning spaces as well as virtual learning spaces. At the next Talking About Teaching we would like to take some time to explore learning environments here at the UofL, and discuss what works, what doesn’t work, but most importantly how we can move forward to provide optimal teaching and learning environments.

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Friday, October 21st

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Sept. 23rd, 2011 – CAETL presents Talking About Teaching – Supporting and Assessing Student Learning

Friday, September 23rd, 2011
2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Room L1168

Students often pursue post-secondary education to gain appropriate skills so they can eventually gain successful employment. Employers are asking more and more that students be able to adapt and succeed in changing work environments; think outside the box and have creative problem solving skills, as well as be knowledgeable in the specific discipline they pursue. It is critical that the UofL is developing these skills in students. This discussion will explore how we can ensure that these skills are developing within our institution and with our students, as well as how to identify successful student learning and support it. Speakers and attendees will be encouraged to explore issues such as assessment plans, assessment methods, self-assessment by students, grading and other issues related to how students are determined to be successful learners.

Facilitators for this event include:
Nola Aitken, Bonnie Lee, Mark Pijl Zieber, and Phil Jones

Facilitators will work with small discussion groups during this session. All attendees will have a chance to engage each facilitator in these groups.

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Feb 11 – Talking About Teaching – What is Thinking?

This session will explore issues such as; the relationship between learning and thinking, teaching for quality thinking, as well as assessing the thinking students do within a specified domain.

Date: February 11th, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Place: AH100
Panelists include: Amy von Heyking, Marc Roussel, Bruce MacKay & Dagmar Dahle
Moderated by: Lance Grigg

Refreshments will be served.

All Faculty and Graduate Students are welcome.

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Jan.21st, 2011 – CAETL Talking About Teaching: The Life Course of a Professor part II

This topic is the sequel to the Life Course of a Professor. This session will discuss the challenges professors face in balancing teaching and research as well as being a parent, spouse, and friend.

Date: January 21st, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Place: AH100
Panelists include: Janay Nugent, Anne Dymond, Lance Grigg and Shawn Bubel

Refreshments will be served.
All Faculty and Graduate Students are welcome.

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CAETL Talking About Teaching – Working with Students in Co-ops, Applied Studies & Independent Studies

This will be a panel led discussion with audience participation. All faculty and graduate students are welcome.

We will explore what it is like for faculty to facilitate and work with students in Co-ops, Applied Studies and Independent Studies. The panel will share their perspective on the benefits of working in these types of courses and also share their perspective of why they feel these programs are beneficial to student learning.

Date: Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Time: 2-4 PM
Place: AH100 (Andy’s Place)

Discussion Panel: Jasminn Berteotti, Jennifer Mather, HJ Wieden, and Ian MacLachlan

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CAETL Grad Student Workshop — April 8th, 2010

Date: April 8th, 2010
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: AH 100

Be sure to join your fellow graduate students for this last session of the 2009 -2010 Grad TA Workshop Series. In conjunction with the Graduate Students Association, our last session for the term will be an informal opportunity to meet with fellow graduate students and share some of your ideas about the graduate student experience here at U of L.

Please remember that attendance at this session will count toward your certificate of participation in the CAETL Graduate Student TA Workshop Series.

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March 19 – CAETL Talking About Teaching

Thank you to all who attended the last Talking About Teaching. We tried a new format and had great success with it.

Our next event is taking place:

March 19th
2:30 to 4:30 pm (drop in any time)
Andy’s Place (AH100).
Topic: “Challenges and Successes of Teaching a Course with a Lab Component”

Refreshments will be served. Drop in anytime. Graduate students are also encouraged to attend.

We hope to see you there.

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